Monday, 27 February 2012 10:06
Fick just released Loss of Halo and held a CD release party at Double Down Live Friday night.
Janna Pelle and the Half Steps opened the show with a short set of funky pop. Praything was next. They veered more toward the lo-fi noise-rock territory, but were clearly enjoying themselves, and I enjoyed my introduction to them. Band leader Ju Kovacevich was very engaging with the crowd and even brought three fans onstage to do backing vocals (his description—it was more like an excuse to bring some friends onstage).
Morningbell played next and definitely got the crowd grooving. They put on a good show, with bassist Eric Atria controlling a personal light show (and how many other local bands have their own lights?). Guitarist/singer Travis Atria was decked out in a full white suit for the show like a ghost from some band playing Don Kirchner’s Rock Concert in the ’70s. They ended their set with an epic version of Prince’s “Purple Rain.”
But it was Fick’s CD release show, and they played last with a set that featured songs from Loss of Halo, plus older, more familiar songs. The music was the familiar progressive-rock sounds they utilize, sometimes augmented with violin. Kyle Fick mostly played guitar, and sometimes switched to keyboards, but it was always intricate chords and riffs to create a sound that was a cross between Marillion and Incubus.
Fick CDs were free at the show, though donations were welcome. Morningbell sold their latest music on limited edition thumb-drives. Catching it live at venues around town is the best way, though. Don’t worry if you missed this Fick show—the band will also be at 1982 this Saturday with five other bands.
By John Davisson